These days, I spend more time looking at ideas on the web rather than making things. While I hope to shift my energies more toward "doing" instead of "browsing," sometimes we need a bit of inspiration to get the creativity flowing again. Some of my favorite spots for finding ideas or inspiration are DailyCraft, Pinterest, and looking through catalogs like Pottery Barn & Crate & Barrel. They often have cute things that inspire me to add to my "idea file."
Recently, I wanted to make a birthday present for a friend's big day. What to make for the gal who has everything? Someone who also has a busy life shuttling kids to & from school, baseball practice, tumbling class, not to mention errands, running a home-based business, and keeping in touch with family & friends. (Lori, you're awesome!)
I went to my list of craft ideas (currently loosely organized in Evernote), and came across this very cute insulated casserole carrier which I realized was inspired by this post from 2 Little Hooligans. Decision made! I got myself to the nearest fabric store (ok, so I went to the one where I could use a coupon) and purchased my supplies.
Here's what I ended up with:
I used a heavier 100% cotton "home decor" fabric for the outer fabric, and chose a complementary quilting cotton for the lining fabric. I decided to use cotton belting for the handles rather than making them out of the fabric.
I also decided to add a small piece of ballet elastic to hold a serving utensil. The other tutorials suggested adding a fabric holder, sewn on & fastened with velcro, but I preferred the look of the elastic loop.
Since I'm a bit of an over-achiever, I also decided to try etching on glass for the first time, like Homemade by Jill did on her casserole carrier. Needless to say, it didn't turn out quite as good as I had wanted it to (sorry Lori), so no photos to share.